So, you’ve had it with your stomach fat and you want it gone right now. Unfortunately, this will take some time – you didn’t put all that fat in one week, so you shouldn’t expect it to disappear overnight as well. Belly fat is a metabolically active type of fat that’s seated deep inside the abdominal cavity, and it’s usually the last to melt away when you’re trying to lose weight.
But there’s a lot of changes you can make to your lifestyle in order to achieve this goal. The article below contains six methods you can use if you feel ready for long-term improvements: being more healthy, getting rid of the excess stomach fat and simply looking the best you can!
1. Straighten out your life
Yes, this part is important for your weight loss goals as well. If your general lifestyle perpetuates stress, dieting will be difficult and won’t bring much of a progress. When your cortisol levels are constantly high, your body will be inclined to store more fat. Find a better way to deal with daily obligations, family situations or problems at the workplace – stress has a negative effect on your overall health and can quickly become a pattern of living that’s hard to shake off.
Make sure you get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep at night and make some time to relax. Learning to take care of yourself is the most important foundation for improvement in any area of life.
2. Mix up your calories
If you’re like most people, when you want to lose weight you’ll start off by dramatically cutting a lot of calories from your diet. This creates a calorie deficit that can eventually backfire and discourage you even further. If you want to make lasting positive changes concerning your body, you’ll need to do some research and learn more about the inner workings of your metabolism.
It’s natural for your body to resist the changes you’re trying to make to your diet. After all, it has been used to a certain lifestyle. Reducing your calorie intake leads to increasing hunger cravings, since your body is not receiving the nutrients it needs and was used to getting regularly. You’ll be fine at the beginning, but later on as the hunger cravings increase, you could face some difficulties keeping them under control and you might end up overeating. Starving your body is simply not a good way to go.
But the real problem is that after a few weeks of rigorous dieting, the body will adapt by decreasing the production of your thyroid hormones, which in turn will slow down your metabolism, making it even harder to burn off calories. On the other hand, these stressful changes will push your levels of insulin and cortisol really high, making your body store more fat. And the answer to this problem is not reducing the calorie intake even further – that will only make things worse.
To avoid this situation, you need to find ways to prevent your body from getting used to a certain daily calorie intake. The constant change will keep it on the edge and as a result you’ll burn more calories. Try changing the level of daily calorie intake by changing the amount of calories you consume every week or two. This will trick the body into not lowering its metabolism and you can continue burning that stomach fat while not having to endure constant hunger cravings.
3. Eat the right type of foods
A good diet is one of the most important parts of this process. Some foods simply work better at helping you lose fat while maintaining a healthy intake of nutrients and calories you need to function properly. Here is a list of 7 foods to keep you full and prevent you from holding too much water and waste in the body at the same time.
- Avocados – Avocados contain a lot of fibre and healthy fats which keep you full, maintain your testosterone levels high and enable you to lose stomach fat. Remember, there are different kinds of fat, and not all of them are bad for you.
- Peanut Butter – peanuts are an excellent source of healthy fats, and they can keep you full for a long time. Combined with some fruits, a natural variant of peanut butter can be a tasty and healthy snack. Stay away from the regular kinds of peanut butter because they contain a lot of processed ingredients.
- Dark Chocolate – Contrary to popular belief, chocolate can be helpful in the process of losing fat, which doesn’t mean you should stuff yourself with it. A little bit every day will give your body a decent intake of antioxidants.
- Green Tea – Research has shown many times that green tea can be a powerful and inexpensive tool for fat loss. It contains a lot of antioxidants and it supports your metabolism.
- Cinnamon – Cinnamon is another great source of antioxidants which stabilize your blood sugar levels and improves your insulin sensitivity. And it can be a great addition to your favorite foods!
- Yogurt – Choose a sugar-free type that has a lot of probiotics (greek yogurt is a good option) and mix it with pieces of your favorite fruit. It’s both tasty and helpful at fat burning!
- Lean Protein – Meats containing lean protein include chicken, salmon and white turkey meat, to name a few. The best part about them is that the body burns around 30% of the calories they contain just from the process of their digestion, and they will still keep you full for a long time.
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